Tallest Man in the World Visits San Diego

Mayor Bob Filner welcomes 8-foot-3 man to America’s Finest City

By Sarah Grieco
|  Wednesday, May 15, 2013  |  Updated 12:07 PM PDT
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Filner greeted Sultan Kösen in his office Wednesday morning.

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The world’s tallest man, who stands at 8-foot-3 , visited San Diego on Wednesday morning.

Sultan Kösen, 31, is the Guinness Book of World Records holder since 2009, and decided to swing by San Diego during his trip to Southern California. The Turkish native is attending the Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival in Orange County tomorrow.

The festival is dedicated to celebrating all things Turkish, and Kösen will greet attendees at the entrance. Filner said he is also going to the festival on Saturday.

Filner and Kösen communicated through a translator, as he only speaks Turkish, and talked about Kösen’s childhood.

It wasn’t the first visit to SoCal for Kösen. Four years ago, a California family hosted him and donated funds for a dental procedure.

Since being deemed the world’s tallest man, Kösen said he has visited more than 80 countries.

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